The Best of Filipino Cuisine at Lola’s

Scout Lozano is an awesome gastronomic avenue beaming with great cozy restaurants featuring different delectable cuisines. Rustic homes transformed to simple yet elegant food spots is a norm in this area. Lola Café is one to standout. What started three years ago is now a foodie destination because of its warm homey atmosphere and unparalleled signature food.

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This by the way, is the only restaurant along Scout Lozano with its own spacious parking. Lola Café has two floors, regular customers can enjoy a smoking and non-smoking area and a function room on the second floor serves as a banquet hall for occasions and special guests like local celebrities from the giant TV networks nearby.

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The restaurant can accommodate a total of 140 pax, Hanging as ceiling lights are soft toned bulb inside inverted old-fashioned glass jars. Nice clean restrooms, classic decors, and a very spacious interior pretty much sums up how cozy this place is.

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The food are indescribably great – the master of the Kitchen, Chef John Mangibin and his 14 years of local and international culinary experience is a testament to the quality of food served at Lola Café. Considering the atmosphere and the illustrious dishes, the price of each dish is unbelievably affordable, pair it with the radiant smile of the staff, your stay here will be definitely worthwhile.

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Chef John is focused on home made dishes but forthrightly admits that he can never compete with our mom or lola’s specialties. Nevertheless the concept of home in every dish is ever-present - hint of home in Lola Café’s progressive signature Filipino dishes.

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Chipirones is a dish of deep fried baby squids served with homemade pickled vegetables and tanglad vinegar. This seasonal golden brown pulutan perfect crispies is for only Php165.

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Tinola met a make over and leveled up a notch at Lola Café with The Tinola Fried Rice (Php260). Rice cooked with the soup of tinola topped with grilled sayote, and fried tinola chicken. The pleasantly firm skin and tender flavorful chicken meat is truly amazing that will make you reminisce home.

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One of Lola Café’s best sellers – Truffled Lengua is an easy number one pick. Chef John shares that the cooking process is not a mere boil; it was incorporated with skill and care. True enough, the lengua has an almost melts-in-your-mouth consistency while still preserving an amusing texture. The dish is added with four different kinds of mushrooms that are locally grown. The sauce is superb, it is peppered with garlic bits and leeks and for only Php495, this main entrée is astoundingly good for three.

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Wagyu Salpicao has a nice sturdy grain and an awe-inspiring garlicky kick through out every bite. For Php320, you get a handful of wagyu beef cutlets on your plate that you can along with your friends or family.

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Lola’s Café and Bar is an advocate or organic ingredients and supports our local farmers – the ingredients used in the kitchen are 50% organic and their daily supplies come from meticulously chosen local farmers.

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Coming from the chef himself, the Filipino food repertoire is never complete without the branded “dangerous food.” One of Lola Café’s illustrious dish is the Halabos na Hipon sa Aligue. The name of the dish itself will pretty much give you an idea of what to expect. Seven lovely prawns in a platter cooked to the most perfect succulence drenched in red aligue sauce.

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Another sinfully indulging dish is the Bone Marrow Sisig (Php560). They say you eat with your eyes, this however is something that is a total manifestation of vision and gastronomic decadence.

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The masterful creations of Chef John never ceased to amaze our palate, each dish has a marvelous twist. One bowl of surprise is Bagoong Fried Rice with Pork Belly (Php275)– garnished with burong mangga, chicharon, and alugbati leaves, the appearance itself will make you sing a local Filipino novelty song. Wait till you dig in, in the middle of the already sumptuous bagoong rice is a grilled pork belly coated with tocino glaze. The meat can be cut with your spoon, the bagoong is Lola Café’s well kept secret recipe.

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To cap off our truly remarkable meal, we were served with Cashew Pavlova, a dessert that sells for only Php99. Three crisp and chewy meringue pieces topped with kesong puti and strawberry cream, then sprinkled with cashew nuts. Kids will definitely go nuts over this awesome meal concluder.

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Lola Café has a splendid array of cocktails and drinks available for those who would like to relax and unwind. We tried two of their best selling thirst quenchers, the – and - .

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Lola Café and Bar is open from 11am to 11pm, from Monday to Thursday, and closes late during Fridays and weekends from 11am to 2am. They are located at 99 Scout Lozano, Quezon City near Scout Tuazon. For reservations, you may reach them through the following numbers: 0917.817.6045, 501.2620, 219.3254.

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